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Senate Passes Budget Unanimously For The First Time Since 2007

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For the first time in 12 years, a two-year state operating budget has passed the full Ohio Senate without a single “no” vote. That sends the $69 billion spending plan to a conference committee to work out conflicts with the House version of the spending plan. Finance Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) said children and… Read More

House Approves Treatment Instead of Conviction Bill

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The Ohio House has overwhelmingly passed a bill giving courts options to divert those charged with drug crimes away from prison and into treatment programs. The bill, labeled as House Bill 1 to indicate its priority, would expand access to programs for non-violent drug offenders for treatment instead of conviction or prison, and to allow for sealing… Read More

Final Senate Budget Unlikely To Include More Local Government Money

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The final version of the Ohio Senate’s budget is expected Wednesday. While there will certainly be some proposals added in, some things are unlikely to change – such as the money that goes to a fund that’s been decimated over the last eight years. The initial Senate budget cuts taxes by $700 million over two… Read More

Study: For-Profit Charter Operators Spend Lots More On Admin Than Traditional Schools

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Ohio’s charter schools are by law non-profit, but nearly 200 of them are managed by for-profit operating companies. And a new study by an anti-charter school group says charters run by for-profit operators spend a lot more money on non-classroom costs than traditional public schools do. Steven Dyer with the research group Know Your Charter looked… Read More

Budget Director Revising Forecasts – Predicting Larger State Surplus

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Total state tax collections were up 20 percent over estimates for April and 3.1 percent for May. That’s leading the state budget director to revise her projections for a budget surplus for the close of the fiscal year at the end of this month. In March, Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget director Kimberly Murnieks turned out to be a… Read More

DRC Head Says Execution Protocol Won’t Be Rushed

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Gov. Mike DeWine has put off all upcoming executions till a new lethal injection method is developed, which he has said will happen in the coming weeks. But the head of the prisons agency says it’s taking some time. DeWine ordered the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to come up with a new method after… Read More

DeWine Urges Lawmakers To Restore Small Business Tax Deduction To $250,000

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he wants lawmakers to erase a change made to a small business tax deduction. It allows many sole proprietorships, partnerships and other small operations to take the first quarter million dollars of their income tax free.  DeWine spoke about it before the National Federation of Independent Business Ohio. The budget approved… Read More

ACLU Sues Over Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill” Six-Week Abortion Ban

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The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to challenge Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill”, a ban on abortion at the first detection of a fetal heartbeat. That can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The law was signed in April, but wouldn’t take effect for three months. The ACLU of Ohio’s Legal Director, Freda Levenson,… Read More

DeWine Says New Lethal Injection Protocol Coming Soon

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The Ohio Supreme Court has added a new inmate to the execution schedule – though Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed four executions until a new way to carry them out is developed. DeWine said the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is moving on his order to work up a new lethal injection method. “We expect to… Read More

Business, School Groups Propose New Graduation Requirements

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The plan from business coalitions, higher-wealth districts and a charter schools group combines 20 credits of coursework, good final scores on basic high school English and math tests, and college or career prep. The new standards include high school course completion, competency on English II and Algebra I, and at least two seals or endorsements… Read More